Her father is of Irish descent, while her mother is of English , German , and Irish ancestry. Early work, Gilmore Girls and Samantha Who? Throughout the series, Sookie is Lorelai's business partner and cheerleader. A Year in the Life , on Netflix. In , she starred opposite Ryan Reynolds in the science fantasy psychological thriller The Nines , written and directed by John August. When Samantha wakes from her coma, Dena convinces Samantha that they have always been best friends.